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Name: Federation of Malaysia
Population: 31 million
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Language: Bahasa Malaysia
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Time Zone: MST (UTC +8)

Country Information
Malaysia is one of the most culturally and geographically diverse countries in the world. It is filled with contrasts, and it is here where you meet friendly people from different cultural backgrounds in the either vibrant cities, beautiful beaches or even in tiny authentic villages in the rainforests of Borneo.

Climate
Malaysia boasts a tropical climate, temperatures usually range from 26°C to 32°C year-round. However, as many of the countries in the area, sunny days get interrupted by monsoon season that occurs between November and February in Borneo and the east coast.

Culture
Malaysia is a wonderfully diverse country. Malays make up 52% percent of the population, while Chinese are also abundant covering a 27% percent. Indians make up 9% and the rest is covered by indigenous people (Orang Asli) and the portuguese clan in Maleka.
Religion is incredibly varied as well. In Malaysia, you will find Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism and many other faiths scattered around.

Gastronomy
Malaysia is an incredibly diverse country and so is its cuisine. With a blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian and even portuguese cuisine, there is at least a dish in the country that will suit even the pickiest palettes.

Malay Cuisine
Malay Cuisine is characterized by its use of spices, ranging from cinnamon, coconut milk, star anise, fresh herbs and more. Malay dishes are mostly curries and stews. Staple dishes include Nasi lemak, a typical breakfast that consists of rice cooked in coconut milk or cream topped with peanuts, cucumber and chilli and Rendang, which is meat stewed in curry paste.

Peranakan or Nonya cuisine
A blend created by Malay and Chinese communities. Some dishes to try are Ayam pongteh, which is chicken flavored with soy bean paste, dark soy sauce and sugar. Another dish is chilli crab!

Transportation
By Flight
Flying is the only practical way of reaching Borneo from peninsular Malaysia and some of Borneo’s most remote regions. This come quite cheap if booked in advance, with budget carriers such as AirAsia (starting from RM9!) and Malaysia Airlines, which also offers competitive prices.

By Bus
This is the most cost-effective way to travel, the most reliable companies are Transnasional and NICE, but there are many others available. Malaysia is criss-crossed by bus routes and every town, no matters its size, has at least one bus terminal.

By Train
Trains in Malaysia are often slow but they do provide a scenic route for those who have time to spare.

Operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad provides inexpensive services around Peninsular Malaysia. Most of the network runs quite slow and slightly uncomfortably. However, they do offer an express, air-conditioned and modern train between Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh. Moreover, its Premier Night Deluxe package offers very comfortable sleeper trains between Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur, with private shower and toilet. For those on a budget, their Superior Night cars are also a good option for those on a tighter budget from Johor Bahru to Kuala Lumpur, the carriages rattle but are comfortable and clean.

Jungle Railway is another option for those who like to stare a scenic jungles. It’s 3rd class only, with no air-con and stops every 15 minutes. It runs during the day between Tumpat and Gamas, making stops in every station along the way.

In East Malaysia, the only train line is run by Jabatan Kereta Api Negeri Sabah, and it runs from Tanjung Aru to Tenom.

For more information on Malaysia check out the Malaysia Tourism Board website here.

  • Borneo Family Adventure

    Malaysia,

    16 people
    11 days
    Code: TMFG
    Activity and Adventure, Family, Tours, Wildlife
    Travel to Borneo on a Family Adventure tour through the highlights of this incredible region. Embark on a magical journey to explore the natural wonders of tropical Sabah. Learn how orphaned ...
    From £1,250Member Price £1,220
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  • Comfort Family Borneo Adventure

    Malaysia,

    16 people
    10 days
    Code: TMFK
    Activity and Adventure, Family, Tours
    Pack up the troupe and head into Borneo's lush jungles on a family adventure. Keep an eye out for cheeky monkeys on a scenic cruise down the Kinabatangan River, or let the monkeys come to you on ...
    From £1,410Member Price £1,380
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  • Classic Borneo

    Malaysia,

    12 people
    10 days
    Code: TMKB
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Tours, Wildlife
    Travel to Borneo and leave urban life behind. Head into Borneo's lush jungles, down scenic rivers and through the vibrant villages of beautiful Borneo. On the way, soak up stunning mountain ...
    From £2,200Member Price £2,150
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  • Singapore to Bangkok Adventure

    Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand,

    16 people
    13 days
    Code: TMRA
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Tours
    From the steamy streets of Singapore to the pulsating tourist mecca of Bangkok, this adventure will see your tastebuds tingle on Singaporean laksa, heart soar while scaling Kuala Lumpur's tallest ...
    From £1,240Member Price £1,210
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  • Best of Malaysia

    Malaysia,

    12 people
    15 days
    Code: TMSA
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Tours
    Travel to South-East Asia and experience the very best of Malaysia. Since its emergence from colonial rule, Malaysia has developed a reputation as a land of diverse cultures, exotic foods and ...
    From £1,980Member Price £1,940
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  • Sabah Adventure

    Malaysia,

    16 people
    12 days
    Code: TMSC
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Tours, Wildlife
    Explore a mystical land of incredible natural beauty and rare wildlife on this Sabah Adventure tour. With its collection of exotic animals, ancient traditions, hot springs, tribal villages, ...
    From £2,095Member Price £2,045
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  • Bangkok to Singapore

    Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand,

    12 people
    15 days
    Code: TMSM
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Tours
    Travel from Bangkok to Singapore on a voyage of discovery, soaking up traditional cultures and revelling in the exotic flavours of the region. With golden temples and saffron-robed monks, soft ...
    From £1,965Member Price £1,925
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  • Wild Sarawak

    Malaysia,

    12 people
    10 days
    Code: TMSW
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Tours, Wildlife
    Wild, tropical and remote, think of Borneo as South-East Asia's answer to the Amazon. See orangutans swinging through the rainforest treetops in Semenggoh, weave through the vast Mulu cave ...
    From £1,800Member Price £1,760
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  • Best of Borneo

    Malaysia,

    16 people
    21 days
    Code: TMSXC
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Tours, Wildlife
    Imagine a place that is spiritual and wild, colourful and mysterious, and full of tantalising secrets - this is beautiful Borneo. From the steamy jungles of Mulu National Park and the secluded ...
    From £3,775Member Price £3,725
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  • Borneo – Hike, Bike & Kayak

    Malaysia,

    12 people
    9 days
    Code: TMXB
    Activity and Adventure, Cycling, Discovery, Tours, Walking and Trekking
    Borneo’s Sabah region is a natural paradise of steamy rainforests, towering mountains and beautiful beaches. This trip will get you active as you cycle through small villages, ascend to the ...
    From £1,781Member Price £1,741
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  • Bangkok to Bali

    Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand,

    12 people
    28 days
    Code: TTSIC
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Tours
    Travel from Bangkok to Ubud on a voyage of discovery. Soaking up the regions traditional culture and revel in the exotic flavours of the islands. With golden temples and saffron-robed monks, soft ...
    From £3,645Member Price £3,595
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  • Best of Thailand & Malaysia

    Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand,

    12 people
    22 days
    Code: TTSLC
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Tours
    Visit South-East Asia’s buzzing cities and pristine islands on a highlight packed journey through Thailand and Malaysia. Explore these distinct cultures, from the laidback beachside bliss of ...
    From £2,850Member Price £2,800
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  • Orangutan Internship in Malaysia

    Taiping, Malaysia

    15 people
    28 days
    Code: 453
    Activity and Adventure, Volunteering Abroad
    Work and gain experience as an intern at our Orangutan conservation program. Help with various conservation activities to save these wonderful and extremely intelligent and gentle creatures which ...
    From £1,800Member Price £1,620
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  • Orangutan Project in Malaysia

    Taiping, Malaysia

    15 people
    14 days
    Code: 459
    Activity and Adventure, Volunteering Abroad
    An awesome scenic part of Perak, Malaysia invites you to participate and provide your helping hand in the Orangutan conservation program.This conservation project is designed to protect and ...
    From £1,000Member Price £900
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  • Kindergarten Teaching in Malaysia

    Kuching, Malaysia

    15 people
    7 days
    Code: 353
    Activity and Adventure, Teaching, Volunteering Abroad
    Work in local kindergartens in Kuching’s surroundings by teaching the children basic English in an informal and fun way!The Kindergarten teaching project gives you the chance to encourage ...
    From £250Member Price £225
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